ALVIN, Texas -- A former Alvin High School coach has been arrested and charged with six felony offenses, including sexual assault of a child.
Garrett Taylor, 44, was the girls’ power lifting coach at Alvin High School up until October of 2013. The Alvin Independent School District placed Taylor on administrative leave after learning that he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student back in 2008.
Alvin ISD said Child Protective Services alerted district officials about the incident.
Colt McBride, a former Alvin High School student, said he and his sister trained with Taylor.
“She trained with him, she was a power lifter, she said that he threw off that creepy vibe,” McBride said.
In a statement to KHOU, Alvin ISD said it has stringent hiring practices, and took quick actions when the allegations came to light:
"As a District, we are here to serve our community and honor the trust they have placed in us.
We are determined to provide an environment that is safe for our students, first and foremost, which will allow our students to learn.
Once the report was received by Alvin ISD, staff members responded immediately. The individual was placed on administrative leave, and a thorough investigation conducted. It was the Alvin ISD investigation that led authorities to the recent indictments and arrest.
We have always maintained stringent hiring practices that thoroughly check the background of any potential employee. This process requires prospective employees to be fingerprinted to verify their background with state and federal agencies.
We are also diligent in checking references to ensure an individual’s prior work history does not indicate any questionable activity. Had these measures raised any suspicion, the individual would not have been employed by Alvin ISD.
We will continually evaluate our processes, to the extent humanly possible, to keep our children safe. Ensuring that we have good processes and cross checks will help us protect and educate every student. The safety of our students is unquestionably the top priority of our District."
This is the second time in two weeks that an Alvin High School faculty member has been arrested. Last week, 45-year-old Scott Burns, an art teacher, was arrested after authorities said they found child pornography on his home computer.
The discovery was made as district police investigated reports that Burns was using former students as models for risqué paintings. The models were adults, but the pornography charge had parents angry.